I thought I understood everything it takes to build a movie or a documentary. I though I as aware of camera equipment, interviews, detail of shots and every other aspect, but now I'm convinced you won't be completely until you do a complete film. As we work on this project we face completely new challenges. During this three weeks we've learned to write a script, produced a rough copy of one and created the final copy of it. We've travelled around Lima filming B-roll and establishing shots for our documentary. We've contacted companies to ask for copyrighted material to use footage of important historical events that we make reference of in our film. Every little step, such as making an outline of what we want our video show and a research synthesis of the extraction of the information we will use or even going to the top of the second tallest building of the country to get footage for several transitions.
I do feel I've developed new skills during these projects, and one of the most important being the value of details. The first time we did our script, it was too general. Slowly, we added detail such as the type of shot, the music in the background, exactly what we were going to say, the misc-en-scene, and then when you read the script you truly visualized the scene that we wanted to show in the documentary.
Aside from the work directly related to our film, experiences such as those when you ask permission to go into a construction to get some film and you get to explain what you are working on as a student are also valuable. You see how people react astonishingly, and most of them welcoming and willing to help. Moreover, another experience--and probably the coolest--is the chance we get to intervene and participate in adult chats about the economy. I went to a dinner this monday with the spanish ambassadors in Peru. People started to speak how the contrsuction boom in Peru had affected negatively the liquidity of the peruvian stock market. When I shared my opinion, everybody was shocked, I felt self-satisfied and proud about myself, something priceless about the moment.